“In Birthright, Precious is unaware that she was sent away for schooling to avoid the shame and discrimination which would occur should the secret get out that she is part Native. The son of the local chief, himself a product of a mixed marriage, is in love with her but so too is the son of the house. What will happen when, as it must, the secret of her parentage gets out? Determined to walk her own revolutionary path for freedom, Precious’s actions trigger in others all the prejudices and hypocrisies of the day. Skinner pulls no punches, and her indictment of these prejudices, both Native and white, religious and secular, while often couched in humour, touches as many raw nerves as ever.” (From the Publisher’s Website)
Reverend Robert Maclean: a missionary
Mrs. Martha Maclean: his wife
Harold (Harry) Maclean: their son
Precious Conroy: their adopted daughter
Mrs. Redfern: friend of the Macleans
Cissie Redfern: her daughter
Sim’oogit: Indian tribal cheif
Louis Prince (Hlaagoo’t): his son
Tom Conroy: cousin of Mrs. Maclean
Koksilah: Young wife of Sim’oogit
Mary: Indian housemaid of of the Macleans (can be played by the same actor that plays Koksilah)
Birthright is available through Playwrights Canada Press.
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